- Horsley & Send
- Old Wimbledonians
- Oxted & Limpsfield
- Staines & Laleham
- Streatham & Marlborough
- Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian
Enthusiasm ran high in the club as Addiscombe celebrated 150 years in being as a cricket club. The 1st XI started well but a run of injuries and lack of availability to produce a consistent team soon took its toll and the team found itself all too often hovering in or around the relegation zone. However fortunes changed towards the end of the season, which saw a run of six matches without loss, and the team finished in 7th place.
Overseas player Shakeel Ansar again showed his class by scoring 741 runs, 27 catches and 4 stumpings. Chris Hurrion scored his maiden century for the first team with 119 not out against Old Wimbledonians. The bowling attack was led by Antony Starnes (33 wickets) and Chris Jones (26 wickets). There were other good performances from youngsters Alex Roberts and Estmatullah Zadran, making debuts for the first team.
A big thanks must go to Lin Poulton for her scoring duties throughout the season.
Ashford 1st XI
On the face of it 8th does not read as a terribly good season for Ashford, but the old saying that ‘the table does not lie’, does not ring true here, for going into the final weekend Ashford could have finished anywhere from 4th to 8th.
The 2016 season will be remembered for many reasons, but the captain cannot remember a season where Ashford introduced so many young players into the first team. These are the lifeblood of the club’s future and were a credit to themselves, the club and the league. The captain is proud that most weekends the 1st XI put out sides with 9 players who had come through the system at Ashford.
On the field, a new captain enjoyed his first season and was indebted to Paul Frost, Richard Mansfield and James Berressem for their help and support. The batting was again a source of great frustration with only 2 players going past 300 runs and often unable to capitalise on the excellent work of the bowling unit.
The batting was led by Richard Mansfield (436 @ 36) and Paul Frost (353 @ 35). Next season, if the team is to push for promotion, it will be up the likes of Trevor Langworth and Wendell Sebastian to build on their cameo performances. Mansfield also led the bowling (40 @ 16), ably helped by a returning Dave Merchant (20 @ 25), a resurgent Andrew Tippell (18 @ 35) and captain Langworth (18 @35).
Final thanks must go to Jack Frost who scored throughout the season, Andrew Goulding for preparing what is believed to be one of the best wickets in Surrey and David Hanks for his teas – waistlines thoroughly expanded!
The captain is looking forward to leading the side again in 2017 and hope this season the youngsters’ experience will stand the side in good stead as it looks for promotion in what will, surely, again be a competitive league.
Cheam 1st XI
A dip in form in mid-season brought on by a struggle to play in the timed format and chase down average totals stopped Cheam from mounting any kind of challenge for the top two places. Just one win from the timed games against Trinity Mid-Whits provided a stark contrast to the reasonable return of six wins from nine games in the limited overs format.
The highlight of the season came early with a strong early performance to beat promoted Oxted & Limpsfield by seven wickets but batting collapses prevented many repeats of this level. The top four were heavily relied upon for making the majority of the runs and did so with overseas Austin Umpherson and Will Brown both passing 400 runs while openers Mike O'Donnell and new member Billy Yeats making 360 and 297 respectively.
Yeats also contributed well with the ball getting through 144 overs to return with 30 wickets @19 while Umpherson was just behind with 29 @17. James Fenwick and Brown supported well with 21 and 17 while the returning James Wright created a bit of a reputation for his pace, picking up 13 wickets @20 before pulling a hamstring.
Given the start to the season sixth feels like a bit of a disappointment but this is a side made up largely of teenagers who had suffered back to back relegations. All in all, a season of stability might not turn out to be the worst thing.
Dorking 1st XI
DCC produced another successful season which saw the 1st XI climb another rung on the ladder and secure a berth in Division 2 for 2017. Scott Kelsey (who with his partner Hazel are currently celebrating the birth of their son, Milo) again deserves high praise for producing and leading a side to secure its 3rd promotion. They will go into Division 2 with high hopes.
Parth Shah, who joined the club from his home in Newcastle Australia, scored600 runs at 44 and 48 wickets at 11 which puts him up with the best all-rounders in the championship and was deservedly DCC 1st XI player of the season. Ex Warwickshire pro, Andrew Miller formed a fiery opening partnership with Parth and scooped 35 wickets @13, moving well past 100 league wickets in 3 seasons for the club. Rob Chave was welcomed back to the top of the batting order after returning from Spain and hit an impressive 550 runs at 35. Sussex 2s coach Jason Swift turned in a solid season with 400 runs and 20 wickets. Toby Blood hit 300 runs and proved himself to be one of the best keepers in the league with 24 victims. Charlie Edwards and Travis Blood, both 16 years old, proved they had 1st team class when called upon and showed that our colts program is starting to produce real quality. Tim Johnson hit 300 runs and Ben Overton supported well with important runs and wickets.
There is one player missing above and that is because he deserves a paragraph to himself. Nick Lee has secured a coaching job with the Sri Lankan national side and, as such, may not play for DCC next year. He hit 750 runs at 50 this year. In 6 seasons he has hit over 5000 first team runs at just shy of 60 (32 fifties and 13 tons). That is among the best records in Surrey and he deserves our praise for what he has achieved at DCC and thanks for what he has done for the club. Good luck Nick. Hope to see you back.
Horsley & Send 1st XI
In 2016 the club planned to build on last year’s move of playing some of the senior colts in the Surrey Championship and it was good to see them playing in the 1st XI this season. However, the team was hit hard by the loss of a few, strong, regular 1st XI players and was further weakened by various issues with the overseas player who only played in 9 of the 18 matches. The final tally of only one win and three draws, resulted in the 1st XI being relegated to the fourth division and it is hoped that a better performance will be shown in 2017 after some changes. However games were played in a good spirit and the team was glad to be awarded the Fair play award for the Division. The Club would like to thank Veronica Parr and Mike Catt for scoring for the team and preparing excellent pitches respectively.
Old Wimbledonians 1st XI
This was another solid year for the 1st XI, coming in third place for the second year running. A mixture of being defeated by the weather and a brand new team meant this was a strong showing for the season.
The new lads were an instant hit and the old guard performed admirably. The fact that the side managed to bring three juniors, who had progressed through the colts’ setup, into the 1st XI for the last few games of the season is a sign of great progression for the club.
The bowling attack fired regularly dismissing the opposition for well below 100 on three occasions. There were three main performers taking most wickets; Adrian Dawson (30) led the line whilst ably supported by Sami Majid (29) and Johnno Gordon (28).
The batting line up struggled until the side found the correct line up with only the overseas player, CP Singh, contributing almost every week. He finished with over 1000 runs for the season and was a pleasure to watch. It was great to see the season ending promisingly with a score of 356 for 8 followed by chasing down 180 with the loss of only 2 wickets. Other notable batting performances were from Johnno Gordon (310) and Tim Sealy Fisher (298). 2017 promises to be a good season; bring it on.
Oxted & Limpsfield 1st XI
This was a satisfying campaign by the OLCC 1st team; camaraderie, individual performances, team results and a bit of silverware.
The start of the season saw the reigns of captaincy being presented to club pro Simon Jackson with certain specific goals being requested.
One of which was regular availability from the best possible squad and attempting to reduce the average age of this group significantly. Both of these targets were met and it was a distinct pleasure to have one of those younger players lead the way through performance.
The “Cardiff Met MCCU” student-cricketer Ben Fullard was the stand out overall performer of the year. The all-rounder finished with 525 runs @ 75 and 32 wickets @ 12 with his best individual performances being 9 for 30 and a maiden league century of 100.
The other main performers were Ned Lack (44 wkts), Ross Powell (40) and skipper Simon Jackson with 784 runs (150 HS).
Every player within the squad contributed in a meaningful manner and should all be extremely proud of the end results. The league campaign ended with a record of 14 wins, 1 winning draw and 3 losses; while standing on top of the table after amassing 333 league points.
Staines & Laleham 1st XI
With the obvious struggles of the last two seasons it would not have been hard for there to have been an improvement in the fortunes of Staines & Laleham’s 1st XI but finishing mid-table was perhaps more than could have been hoped for. Both the enjoyment and performances levels were improved and it vindicated the club’s decision to strengthen the club at the top level.
With the ball, progression continues to be made by Ciaran Dunne leading the attack as he matures into this role but the outstanding performer was Karun “Coach” Jethi (41 wickets @ 14.05) with control and wicket taking ability in equal measure. Karun coupled his wickets with 307 runs @ 21.93. The ever reliable veteran Sean Archer (18 wickets @ 26.06) and OP Courtney Moulton (18 wickets) both delivered notable performances as did Ashan Iqbal, Rajinth Saronga and Susant Kumar Swain.
With the bat it was a welcome return to somewhere close to his best from skipper Adam Smith (450 @ 26.47) closely followed by Chris Bolton (406 @ 31.23) and new member Sohail Awan (436 @ 31.14 plus 10 wickets). In addition Ahsan Dildar ended his season with destructive performances to offer promise for a better 2017 whilst other new boys Yamin Raja and Imran Mohammed both worked hard for the side.
Ageing wicket keeper Brett Archer creaked his way through the season and even showed glimpses with the bat from seasons past. Overall, 2016 saw the side win more games than it lost (won 8, winning draws 1, losing draws 1, lost 7 and abandoned 1) which was a huge improvement. It also meant that Faulkners was for some opposition an uncomfortable place to visit, which always helps when trying to gain the upper hand! Despite a tricky couple of seasons the 1st XI remains a spirited group that enjoys playing cricket together. Adding to the squad has hopefully not finished and the side looks forward to progressing again in 2017, bringing the success shown in the limited overs format into all formats.
Streatham & Marlborough 1st XI
The 1st XI had a mixed start to 2016 as a chastening defeat was cleansed by some good all round performances. However, a successful 308 run chase in week four gave the side belief in what could be achieved. This was further buoyed mid-season by the return of a few players. The next five games included defeats by the promoted sides and two cancelled fixtures but also brought a renewed work ethic.
Batting began to click, wickets were prised out and an outside chance of promotion was earned but with little room for error. The runaway league leaders would be a stern test. Having conceded 150-2 at drinks, the side battled to work back into the game before a stunning assault with the bat brought up the 100 in 10 overs. A little wobble was contained and a seven wicket victory was completed without further alarm. Second place awaited the following week and the game followed a similar pattern as the opposition again looked on course for an ominous score at drinks. This time it was the middle order who attempted to chase down the total before quick wickets left the side just 8 runs short; a crushing defeat. The remainder of the season petered out with little to play for.
Matty Pickles led with the bat scoring 585 runs @ 48 whilst Ashwin Thurairaj made 544 @ 39. Both also made exceptional centuries and led the Division 3 run charts (excluding professionals). Dan Ellis (334 @ 30), Kasheef Hassan (273 @ 30) and Shareef Hassan (273 @ 29) also made good contributions. The bowlers were led by Hunter Drew and Shareef Hassan who took 20 wickets @ 19 and 19 @ 17, respectively. Raj Singh (16 wickets) and Seton Leggett (14 wickets) bowled well but without reward.
There is much excitement about this crop of players who clearly have the ability to challenge for honours in 2017. Availability will be key.
Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian 1st XI
Despite strong hopes of a return to Division 2, the early season loss of several key players severely hampered aspirations and the team failed to build any momentum. It was extremely disappointing that relegation ensued with only 2 matches won. Very few players were able to deliver consistent performances in a strong league and harsh lessons need to be learned going forward to deliver more positive results.
The tone was unfortunately set in the first four games of the campaign, which should have yielded three victories. Dorking, Wimbledonians and Staines were all let off the hook after a flurry of early wickets and allowed to reach competitive targets. Old frailties then resurfaced with the bat and after being in good positions, mid-innings collapses left the team short thus ruing missed opportunities. The batting remained a major concern throughout with the team posting 200 runs on only three occasions. Too often scores between 100-150 were posted leaving too much to do with the ball and in the field, although on a couple of occasions the improbable was very nearly realised.
Chris Bond led the team with the bat and his 360 runs together with 22 wickets show that he will be a major player in 2017. Richard Piggin also scored in excess of 300 runs, including a fine century in a 600-run feast against Streatham. Anthony Brady impressed opening the innings later in the season. With the ball, Yousaf Zahari led the attack bowling full and straight taking 34 wickets.
Poor availability throughout the season and multiple changes from game to game made it difficult for the team, which should have been competitive, to gel. It was, however, very pleasing that the Club is beginning to see the emergence of several talented juniors and their enthusiasm and athleticism bodes well for the future.
Thanks as ever, go to Robert Keenan for scoring and the groundsman for preparing excellent wickets.